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we believe in you

It's crazy out there.  How do we get through our day, let alone find joyful and meaningful ways to build a better world for future generations? 

This is what we're here to figure out.  What world do we want to live in?  How do we get there?  What is my role in that, right now?
 

Each of us has a role to play in this story.  We're here to help you and your communities step into that with inspiration and support. 

 

What we do

We design, organise and facilitate programs for groups.  Usually, someone comes to us because they hope to accomplish some or all of the following:

  • Restore, revitalise and resource a team or group that is feeling deflated, overwhelmed, or uninspired

  • Address the social and environmental destruction happening all around us, including how it's affecting us and what we can do about it

  • Remember what's important, re-evaluate goals and find creative ways to take action

  • Create deeper connection, collaboration. trust, and teamwork within a group

  • Bring more embodiment into a group or space that is often heady and mental process-oriented

  • Create a community event that brings people together in a meaningful way

  • Deepen levels of self-understanding, compassionate communication and collaborative action

  • Create a "safe space" where team members can share and connect more deeply

  • Provide groups of people with resources, inspiration, and frameworks that support positive change and inspired action

  • Bring more ritual and meaning into organisational culture

  • Support meaningful networking, collaboration, and resource-sharing

Sometimes we offer workshops for the general public, which are open to anyone, and a wonderful chance to build community. But often, we are enlisted by someone to help. We have been employed by community groups, steering committees, not-for-profit organisations, businesses, student and university groups, festival and event organisers, intentional communities, and people who want to start a group or initiative. Have a look at some examples of groups we work with. 

 

We also offer mentoring and consulting to individuals who are working towards organising and facilitating something themselves. 

We work locally, in-person, as well as online. 

ETHOS & VALUES

PROJECT MOBILISE is just that: A project.  We work towards mobilising individuals and communities to act on behalf of future generations.  We are never done, and we are always learning, evolving, collaborating, and co-creating.

We acknowledge that our world is in multiple levels of crises, and that the realities facing us can be scary, overwhelming, and paralysing. We also believe that this is an incredibly exciting and interesting time to be alive. We are inspired and motivated by the urgent need for change, and we believe that EVERYONE has a role to play in this.  

We choose the adventure story, where humans work together to face adversity, and meet the challenges that arise in front of us. And in that process, we discover strengths, resources, and degrees of aliveness that we didn't even know we had. We come to value each other, in all of our differences, because we understand that we are in it together. We rejoice and celebrate together; we grieve, mourn, and struggle together as well. We learn (and un-learn!) together. 

We support non-hierarchical leadership models, and collaborative approaches to community building.  We choose power-with instead of power-over.  We work to empower through facilitating, co-creating and encouraging, rather than teaching or manipulating from the top down.  We advocate for a more equitable society.

 

We are always trying to up-level in our capacity to model and teach conflict resolution, non-violent communication, and peacebuilding.  We are trauma-informed, and work towards reconciliation and healing on a personal, communal, and collective level. 

We look through the lens of Living Systems Theory, and recognise the potential for systemic change that originates simultaneously in many tiny pockets all over the planet, through networking and self-organisation.  We support bottom-up organising, grassroots efforts, and work to create the conditions for emergence to occur. 

We value transformative, experiential learning modalities. We work to create experiential programs that empower, resource, and inspire.  

We are rooted in our bodies.  We value our bodies, and the experience and wisdom held within them.  We choose to incorporate embodied learning, processing, resourcing, connecting, and celebrating, as much as possible.

 

We are working on behalf of a better world for future generations. We acknowledge that this is not the easy path.  But we think it will be much more fun.

 

our foundations

Active Hope +

The Work That Reconnects

Developed by Joanna Macy and colleagues in response to the destruction of our planet, the Work that Reconnects is a body of work, a set of practices, and a global community network designed to help us navigate the social and ecological crises facing our world today, and ultimately empower us to take part in creating a life-affirming and sustainable future for life on earth. Active Hope is a simplified framework with the same intentions, with many overlaps and shared practices.  It encourages us to take an active role in co-creating the future we want to see, and helps us identify what that role might be.  As trained facilitators, this work forms the basis of much of what we do. 

Nature-based Models

We have extensive training and experience in the fields of Ecopsychology, Permaculture, Living Systems Theory, Deep Ecology, and Earth-based traditions. We know that nature offers many models of sustainability, growth, transformation and regeneration. As humans, we need to find our way back into right relationship with the natural systems we are part of. Every one of us is embedded in multiple systems, from biological to familial to social to ecological to planetary. We know that lasting change needs to be systemic, and that we all play a role in that. Our approaches are informed by an understanding of how living systems evolve, transform, operate and regenerate. We are also happy to weave nature-based learning into our workshops whenever possible! Think community gardens, vision quests, outdoor team-building, etc.

Embodied

Practice

We have a strong foundation in body-based learning and transformation. This means that our work is extremely experiential, and we learn through the body as well as the mind. We are trained in (and facilitate) a variety of somatic approaches and movement practices. We see that in order to create change in the world around us, we must also understand and create change within ourselves. We also know that movement and dance have been used forever as a method of healing and cultural repair. We are trying to create more of this in the world around us. If you work with us, then it's quite likely you will feel better in your body afterwards!

 

Active Hope is a process we can apply to any situation, and it involves three key steps. First, we start from where we are by taking in a clear view of reality, acknowledging what we see and how we feel about it. Second, we identify what we hope for in terms of the direction we'd like things to move or the values we'd like to see expressed. And Third, we take steps to move ourselves or our situation in that direction.

Joanna Macy & Chris Johnstone